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Seattle’s Best

Author Jessica Maxwell Photography Jose Mandojana




Helping Rwanda rebuild a viable economy by creating a Seattle-based nonprofit, Coffee Rwanda, supporting 400 Rwandan coffee farmers. “The coffee co-op owners in Rwanda speak only French, so they used to sell only to European countries. I used my high school French and founded an American outlet in Seattle (coffeerwanda. com).We also support a team of Rwandan doctors helping the Batwa Pygmies, who are on the verge of extinction. In one village, only 50 percent of Pygmy babies survive infancy. They need medical care, and we can provide it.”


“I survived some pretty scary heart surgery in 2006, and then I rewrote my life using all my skills as a family physician and a Boy Scout. It’s the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done.”


“It’s amazing. We sell Musasa Nectar, a chocolatey, never-bitter highlands coffee, and a caramely, spicy Kivu Bourbon from the lake district. They come with optional African cloth gift bags made by homeless Rwandan women, and they both make a darn good cup of coffee.”

2 Responses to “Seattle’s Best”

  1. geweyrauch Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Way to go, Kalle!! M&P

  2. pygmysurvivalalliance Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    You can learn more about Coffee Rwanda by checking out the website here: http://coffeerwanda.com

    And be sure to check out the website for the Pygmy Survival Alliance, one of Karl's other projects, here: http://pygmysurvival.org